The Mammals Glisten
Jun20

The Mammals Glisten

Read our review of The Mammals warm Sunshiner   By Rob Dickens         The Artist The Mammals   The Album Sunshiner   The Cover   The Release Date February 12, 2018   The Label Humble Abode Music   The Introduction The Mammals‘ emerged when Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar met in NYC in 2001.  Merenda is a highly acclaimed wordsmith and multi-instrumentalist, while Ungar is a terrific fiddler and daughter of the legendary (and Grammy...

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The Tree Of Forgiveness – John Prine Reviewed
May21

The Tree Of Forgiveness – John Prine Reviewed

Read Laura and Andy’s review of ‘The Tree Of Forgiveness’ by John Prine     By Laura Coates and Andrew Wrigglesworth*         John Prine has long been seen as the beloved Granddaddy of Contemporary Americana.  At 71, he has just been nominated for Artist of the Year in the 2018 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards, the same prize he took home last year.  We’ve tried in vain to catch him live over the...

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Harmony In Song and Spirit
May04

Harmony In Song and Spirit

Read about and listen to a fave band of ours – Mipso from North Carolina   By Rob Dickens I have been listening to Edges Run by Mipso for a while and continue to be impressed with this a serene, evocative and sparse musical landscape. Firstly, some background.  Hailing from the important music town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, indie Americana quartet Mipso are Jacob Sharp (mandolin, vocals), Wood Robinson (bass, vocals),...

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Fearless Heart, Fearless Recording
Mar27

Fearless Heart, Fearless Recording

Read our review of the dark Fearless Heart by Pauline Andres     By Rob Dickens   The Artist Pauline Andres   The Album Fearless Heart   The Cover   The Release Date February 2 2018   The Label Old Souls Records   The Introduction A well-traveled singer-songwriter, Pauline Andres was born in France as a coal miner’s daughter, she’s lived in Paris, London and Berlin (five years in the latter city).  Her wanderings have involved...

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Accomplished Accomplices
Jan25

Accomplished Accomplices

Read our review of Tommy Emmanuel’s New Collaborative Gem     By Rob Dickens   The Artist Tommy Emmanuel   The Album Accomplice One   The Cover   The Release Date January 19, 2018   The Label Mascot   The Introduction Aussie ex-pat Tommy Emmanuel and his brother Phil taught themselves to play at a very early age.  A meeting turned jam session with his guitar hero Chet Atkins bolstered his confidence.  By the mid-1980’s, he...

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Mike and the Moonpies Raise The Steaks
Jan10

Mike and the Moonpies Raise The Steaks

Read our review of the new release from Mike and the Moonpies   By Rob Dickens   The Artist Mike and The Moonpies   The Album Steak Night At The Prairie Rose   The Cover                 The Release Date February 2 2018   The Introduction Austinite band Mike and the Moonpies are renowned for their tight mix of country, swing and soulful honky tonk, particularly live but also in the studio.  They had much critical success with 2015’s...

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